Foundation Programme (FP)
Studying ‘Joyful Path of Good Fortune’, the entire path to enlightenment.



FP classes are held on Sunday afternoons, 3-7pm, at Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre in Pocklington, near York. It will move to York on 15th April 2018.


Joyful Path of Good Fortune

A clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment. We all have the potential for self-transformation, and a limitless capacity for the growth of good qualities, but to fulfil this potential we need to know what to do along every stage of our spiritual journey. With this book, Geshe Kelsang offers us step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness. With extraordinary clarity, he presents all Buddha’s teachings in the order in which they are to be practised, enriching his explanation with stories and illuminating analogies. This is a perfect guidebook to the Buddhist path.


Foundation Programme – take your Buddhist meditation practice to the next level.

If you wish to deepen your experience of Buddha’s teachings and find meaning and lasting happiness in your modern life, you will enjoy the Foundation Program (FP). The Foundation Program is one of the three study programs taught in the New Kadampa Tradition that was founded by the renowned meditation master, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Joining FP involves enrolling for a section of the book and trying to attend all the classes, one of which is an end-of-term exam. Each class consists of prayers, a guided meditation, teaching and discussion. You are welcome to attend a class before enrolling, and you can join at any time. The class fee is £35 per month, which entitles you to attend most classes and courses at Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre and its branches.

The teacher

The class is taught by Gen Kelsang Togden, Resident Teacher at Madhyamaka KMC, who teaches with a warmth and lightness that is naturally inspiring.

There are some commitments involved in the programme, please contact Education Programme Coordinator, for further information or to try a free taster class at any time.

** New venue: The Priory Street Centre **

Happiness from Within
with Richard Hoyle & Chris Schofield
Sundays 10:30am-12noon
May 6, 13,  20
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15

  Classes are run on a drop-in basis so you're welcome to join at any time.
£6 per class, or 4 classes for £20

Everyone is welcome!


What to expect at a class

We provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. When you arrive, a volunteer will register you before the class and direct you to the meditation space. Normally before class some announcements will be made.

Our experienced teachers are male or female, lay or ordained (Buddhist monk or nun). They will begin with an introduction, and guide a breathing meditation to help settle your mind. They will then give a teaching based on the topic of the class, with clear and logical explanations using examples and analogies.

An important characteristic of Modern Buddhism is to present Dharma teachings as personal advice that can be integrated into daily life. The intention of the teachings and guided meditations is to help you develop peaceful, clear and positive states of mind. This will help you develop your own inner wisdom, so that you can solve your daily problems and enjoy a more meaningful life.

Depending on the class, there will be either another guided meditation or a discussion with the opportunity to ask questions and clarify doubts.

All of our activities are run by volunteers, and we are a registered charity. The class and course fees help cover the costs of running the Centre. 


A nonprofit registered charity that relies on volunteers to offer meditation and Modern Buddhism as a public service.

In York:
Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory St, York, YO1 6ET
01759 304832

In Pocklington:
Kilnwick Percy Hall, Pocklington, York, YO42 1UF
01759 304832